Michigan restaurants might reopen as soon as Feb.1

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says the plan is for Michigan restaurants to reopen for indoor dining on February 1, two and a half months after an order to close amid a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

The current order prohibiting indoor eating and drinking was extended Wednesday. If the number of positive cases of coronavirus takes another turn for the worse in Michigan then indoor dining might not reopen by February 1.

Meanwhile, non-contact organized sports can resume starting Saturday. Indoor residential gatherings remain limited to 10 people and two households.

Michigan is among just a few states to ban indoor restaurant dining and is the only one without a detailed plan on how and when reopening can occur, according to the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association.

The state is expected to release details on a reopening next week, which might include mitigation measures, capacity limits and a curfew.